Scott Woodward

Ovation to relaunch Inside The Actors Studio

US arts network Ovation TV is the new home of Bravo’s long-running interview programme Inside The Actors Studio. The channel holds exclusive linear and digital rights in the US to new episodes of the show, which is presented as an acting seminar to students at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University’s […]

Ovation strikes deal for Sky Art’s André Rieu

US arts network Ovation TV has a struck a licensing deal with Sky Vision for the exclusive US television broadcast rights to Sky Arts’ André Rieu: Welcome To My World. Violinist André Rieu has sold more than 35 million albums globally, and André Rieu: Welcome to My World follows the popular entertainer from Australia to […]

Ovation takes exclusive US rights to Versailles

US arts network Ovation TV has acquired exclusive local rights to French period drama Versailles. The Canal+ original drama, which was shot in English, will premiere on Ovation on October 1. This comes after it closed a deal with Banijay Group’s sales arm, Zodiak Rights, whose sister firm Zodiak Fiction coproduced the series with France’s […]

News brief: Ovation promotes for acquisitions chief

US arts network has promoted Lori Hall to a post that adds programme acquisitions to her remit, as the network increasingly seeks international content. Formerly VP, programme scheduling, Hall will now be VP, programming planning, scheduling and acquisitions. She will continue to report to Ovation to Scott Woodward, executive VP, programming and productions. “The network […]

Ovation gets a 60 Minute Makeover

US arts and culture channel Ovation has acquired UK lifestyle series 60 Minute Makeover. The 40x60mins interior design show will debut on the cable net in early March after it bought the series from UK distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment. 60 Minute Makeover is produced by ITV-owned prodco Shiver. In the series a crack team […]

News brief: Ovation buys sound and music series

US cable net Ovation has bought a pair of series from Netherlands-based distributor FCCE. The arts and culture channel has picked up 12x30mins Wall of Sound, a weekly music magazine series featuring news, gossip and music chart news. It has also acquired 12x30mins Film & Stars, a weekly film-based magazine show covering new releases and […]

Ovation hires Cox veteran Pons

American arts network Ovation TV has hired cable veteran Mike Pons to become its senior VP of content distribution. Pons’ hire comes concurrently with the promotion of programming and production head Scott Woodward to executive VP. Pons (pictured) joins from cable company US-based Cox Communications, where he was general manager, business development. He was also […]

Ovation poaches TV Guide veteran for production role

US arts network Ovation has hired TV Guide Network’s programming boss to become senior VP, programming and production. In the new role, Scott Woodward will oversee all aspects of Ovation’s TV and off-network content, including development, production, VOD and digital operations. Reporting in to Ovation CEO Charles Segars, he will also be in charge of […]